IHCAE Conducts Adventure Activity Courses in Sikkim Himalayas

I have been frequently asked about Sikkim-based government institutes offering mountaineering and other adventure activity courses.  I have earlier talked about the Sonam Gyatso Mountaineering Institute (S.G.M.I.) located in Gangtok. However, this institute does not cater to individual requests. But do not worry! The state tourism department built Indian Himalayan…

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Where is Chaurigang?

  Chaurigang / Chaunrikhiang / Chaunrikhang / Chowrikhang / Chaurikhang  Chaurigang (about 4,380 meters / 14,450 feet), a meadow located at the snout of East Rathong Glacier in West Sikkim, India, receives good amount of snow. The meadow lends itself to the views of imposing bare and snow-clad peaks of…

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Save 20% on mountain peak royalty

The State Government of Sikkim levies substantial peak royalty for climbing within the Sikkim Himalaya. As of 2010, the royalty for foreign expeditions amounts to US$ 8,000 for peaks above 8,000 meters US$ 7,000 for 7,501-8,000-meter peaks US$ 6,000 for 7,001-7,500-meter peaks US$ 5,500 for 6,501-7,000-meter peaks US$ 5,000 for…

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Pick your peak for alpine-style expedition

  Many mountaineers prefer alpine style climbing expeditions. If you are one of those, the peaks with an altitude of approximately 6,000 meters in the Sikkim Himalaya welcome you. You can choose from the following five alpine peaks that have been graded to give an idea about challenges involved: Brumkhangse:…

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Where can you learn mountaineering in Uttarakhand?

    Technical knowledge of mountaineering is necessary for every mountain climbing expedition. So, why not enroll for a mountaineering course? Popular and reliable  Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) is one of the best options to learn ice, rock and snow climbing in India. NIM, nestled in the Garhwal Himalayas…

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Your first crack at adventure sports

  Learning and training amid gorgeous surroundings has a positive impact on both learners and teachers. There could be no better place thanJammu and Kashmir(J&K) to master basics of adventure sports. You can learn nuts and bolts of four adventure sports, viz mountaineering, paragliding, skiing and white water rafting at…

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To scale Himalayan peaks, train in Sikkim

  You can train at the Sonam Gyatso Mountaineering Institute (S.G.M.I.), located in Gangtok, Sikkim, to be a mountaineer.  The institute, set up in 1963, organizes different adventure courses, including Basic Mountaineering Course (B.M.C.). The institute has trained several noted mountaineers, such as Sonam Gyatso, Phu Dorjee and Yangdi Sherpa.…

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Spend less on Himalayan travel

  You can join a mountaineering expedition to the Indian Himalaya as a liaison officer (LO) and enjoy more in less. The Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) hires liaison officers for all foreign expeditions. Each liaison officer receives an honorarium to cover travel expenses. The honorarium was increased from INR 6,500.00…

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2 adventure gear rental stores in Uttarakhand

Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam’s (GMVN) Trekking and Mountaineering Division offers gear on rent for adventure activities.  A 2-person tent rent amounts to INR 65.00  per day, whereas a sleeping bag rent is INR 25.00 per day. The division also offers windproof jackets and gear for porters. The equipment is available at…

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A Trainee Learns Crevasse Rescue during Basic Mountaineering Course, HMI

Are you looking for a reliable climbing school in eastern India? You may join one of adventure sports courses at well-known Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) in Darjeeling, West Bengal. The HMI, set up in 1954, imparts training in ice climbing, mountaineering, rock climbing, trekking and water sports. Eminent mountaineers, including…

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